(Photo credit: Thomas Wells, Daily Journal)
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Help us welcome 2 new staff members!
Mary Ann Plasencia has joined the United Way staff as the new Director of Community Impact. She will be working with our partner agencies and overseeing our community initiatives like the Hunger Coalition and READ First. Mary Ann comes to us after many years with the Tupelo Public School District, where she was most recently their communications director.

Mattie Carter Mize has joined our staff as the new Director of Donor Engagement. She will be working with Leadership and Major Gifts donors. Mattie previously worked in the office of Senator Thad Cochran in Washington, D.C., and has recently settled in Northeast Mississippi with her husband, a Tupelo native.

We are so excited to welcome both of these talented women to our team!
Summer Backpack Program
The Summer Backpack Program has already made a big impact on families in Lee County. Over 100 volunteers finished packing food boxes for the students this past Saturday, to finish out the summer through the end of July. Read this touching testimonial from a grandmother who picked up her box last Monday:

"Thank you for the food box. It helps out so much. I've been raising my Grandson on my own since he was a baby with no child support or any help from anyone. I've raised him thru 3rd stage aggressive breast cancer, a severe allergic reaction to Taxotere chemo that nearly took my life, gangrene in my chest and multiple pulmonary emboli due to a botched reconstruction surgery, ecoli in my damaged lung and so much more. Thru it all my Grandson's love and God's Holy Love and Grace have seen me thru. We still struggle even for the basic necessities but the food boxes help to feed him. Thank You So Much again and May God Bless You All!!!"

And these kids were excited to take a selfie with one of our volunteers who delivered their boxes to their home!
Upcoming Events
DJ Kevin Russell is giving away $500 to a United Way agency. Click on the picture to visit his Facebook page and nominate your favorite agency to win!
Groundswell LEAD: Early Childhood Education
Friday, June 22 | 11:30 | ECEC
Back 2 School Resource Fair: Pontotoc
Saturday, July 23
8:00-10:00 AM